(WPRI) Rhode Island State Police have arrested two people after a pair of separate wrong-way crashes.
Police charged both suspects with driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs after they were involved in separate crashes while driving the wrong way on the highway.
The first incident happened just after 7 p.m. Saturday on Route 4 in East Greenwich.
The driver of that car, identified as Corey Stott Miller, 28, of Pawtucket, was traveling north in the high-speed southbound lane.
Police said he eventually crashed into another vehicle traveling south in the high-speed lane.
Miller is facing several charges, including:
· Driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor and/or drugs, first offense, B.A.C. unknown
· Driving so as to endanger, resulting in physical injury
· Refusal to submit to a chemical test
Miller was treated at Kent County Hospital for minor injuries.
The driver and a passenger in the car that was struck were treated at South County Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. They were later released.
The second incident happened around 2 a.m. Sunday after police received numerous 911 calls for a wrong-way driver heading south in the northbound lanes of I-95.
The wrong-way driver of that vehicle, identified as Cameron Wambolt, 25, of West Warwick, sideswiped a car before crashing in the high-speed lane near Jefferson Boulevard.
Wambolt is also facing several charges, including:
·Driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor and/or drugs with a B.A.C. of .15 or greater (Phase I – .187; Phase II – .197)
·Driving so as to endanger, resulting in physical injury
Wambolt was not injured in the crash.
Two people in the car struck in that incident were treated at Rhode Island Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, and were later released.
“The actions of those wrong-way drivers created extremely dangerous situations for every person on the road last night,” said Colonel Ann Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police. “Given all of the celebrations taking place this weekend, with proms, graduations, Mother’s Day and other events, we are extremely fortunate that no one was killed or seriously injured as a result.”
There was also a third, unrelated DUI incident from Saturday night.
Troopers arrested 43-year-old Tommy Price of Charlestown after stopping his vehicle on the highway.
He was charged with DUI and refusing to submit to a chemical test.
“There is simply no excuse for anyone to be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” adds Colonel Assumpico. “We have zero tolerance for people who drive while impaired or those who operate their vehicles in a dangerous manner that endangers the lives of others. We will arrest any motorist who selfishly decides to put others in harm’s way by doing that.”